The Botswana National Front (BNF) has moved swiftly to appoint a candidate for the anticipated Tlokweng constituency parliamentary bye-election. Kenneth Masego Segokgo of the BNF will represent the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
“It is our pleasure and honour at the Botswana National Front (BNF), and on behalf of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and indeed our other comrades in the opposition, to announce the appointment of Cde Kenneth Masego Segokgo as UDC candidate for the anticipated 2017 Tlokweng Constituency Bye – Election.
According to BNF spokesperson, Justin Hunyepa, the choice of Cde Segokgo came after a marathon series of consultations within the Constituency. He says the Tlokweng Constituency, at the end of this process, came up with a credible, suitable and consensus candidate to represent the UDC in the Parliamentary bye-elections. The Constituency Committee has since communicated with other party structures as well as consulting the late Cde Bathobakae’s family, Hunyepa says.
“Cde Segokgo brings a lot of experience and priceless value to the Tlokweng Constituency and Botswana Parliament. He is currently the Tlokweng Constituency Chairperson, a position that further makes him suitable for the new assignment of area MP. He has been a Botswana National Front (BNF) member and activist for many years,” writes Hunyepa in his brief.
Cde Segokgo is a former educationist having qualified from the University of Botswana (UB) with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Education) in 1996, a scarce skills area in Botswana. He is a product of the then highly exclusive, elite and brain challenging pre-science course (PESC) at UB.
As a secondary school teacher for more than 10 years, he has contributed in Mater Spei College being one of the best performing schools in Botswana. He is therefore a reputable educationist. As an educationist, he has also contributed to national sports development as a BISA coach. Segokgo also worked for several years as a National Recruitment Coordinator at National Blood Transfusion Centre, running successful campaigns that led to a surplus in blood donations. Thousands of Batswana lives have been saved by this critical and sensitive national service centre, through Segokgo’s initiatives.
Hunyepa said Cde Segokgo is an accomplished businessman and therefore understands the Botswana business environment, at a time when business conditions are deteriorating as a result of the Botswana Democratic Party’s flawed economic policies.
“Cde Segokgo also did several professional courses locally and internationally, including Quality Management Systems; Advanced First Aid; International Forum for Health Promotion; Blood Donor Recruitment; Monitoring and Evaluation on HIV/AIDS programmes; Customer Service; etc.
He is not only an effective communicator, but is also responsible, truthful, tolerant, approachable, reliable and above all is ready to serve the Constituency and the nation at large. Cde Segokgo will definitely add value in both Parliament and Constituency with his broad experience across the socio-economic fields of education, health, sports, business and politics.”
Hunyepa writes: “The party therefore confidently presents to you the most credible candidate for the Tlokweng Constituency. The party further appreciates the spirit in which the structures peacefully handled the selection process. The BNF therefore endorses the people’s choice and with confidence, presents Cde Segokgo to the united opposition (UDC and BCP) and the ever supportive working class. Batlokwa, Tlokweng residents, including the civic society and all other comrades are called upon to rally behind Cde Segokgo and cast a vote for him so as to elect an MP who will serve with dedication.”
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”